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Parliamentary debate refused on Kellingley

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow has refused requests for an urgent debate on the closure of Kellingley colliery.

It appeared that Selby MP Nigel Adams had secured time in the House to discuss the issue but the debate will not now go ahead.

Our political correspondent Paul Brand has been following developments in Westminster:


Nigel Adams MP has secured v short emergency debate in parliament on closure of Kellingley and Thoresby pits at around 1pm today


Sorry, to correct, this is Nigel Adams ASKING for an emergency debate. An unusual bit of parliamentary process.


Speaker John Bercow refuses Nigel Adams a debate on Kellingley, saying this isn't the correct process.

Update on Kellingley expected within 48 hours

There is unlikely to be a Government statement today on the future of Kellingley colliery.

Instead, Michael Fallon MP says there will be an update in the next two days.


No real update on Kellingley - Michael Fallon simply promises that there'll be a proper update within 48 hours on possibility of govt help

The Energy Minister released a statement saying that UK Coal is "seeking investment to fund a managed run-down" of mines at Thoresby and Kellingley.

He said that the Government is considering whether it can contribute to the process and there will be an update within 48 hours.


Government announcement expected on mine closures

The Government is expected to comment on the closure of Kellingley colliery later.

The pit is one of two due to be closed by UK Coal, costing around 1,300 jobs.


Announcement due in parliament today over future of Kellingley coal mine. Will govt prop it up with funding?

Coal mining constituency MPs hold crisis talks

MPs from coal mining constituencies have come back to the region today and there have been crisis talks with union leaders as part of efforts to find a rescue package and save more than 1,300 jobs.

Owners UK Coal revealed this week that Kellingley and Thoresby pits will close by the end of next year and that a £20 million cash injection is needed to keep production running until then. Lisa Adlam reports:

Talks ongoing to save UK Coal

Talks have been taking place in a bid to secure the futures of two of the country's last working deep pit coal mines.

Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract, has joined NUM representatives at Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley.

Along with Thoresby mine in North Nottinghamshire, it is facing closure by owners UK Coal within 18 months unless a multi-million pound rescue package can be found.

More than 1400 jobs are at risk at the two mines and UK Coal's headquarters in Doncaster.

Yvette Cooper says immediate action is needed:


Pit communities will "fight to save jobs"

People in two of the region's pit communities say they'll fight to save 1300 jobs at deep mines run by UK Coal.

Many are still reeling from yesterday's announcement that both Kellingley Colliery and Thoresby Colliery will close - leaving Hatfield in South Yorkshire as Britain's last remaining deep mine.

UK Coal is calling on the Government for a cash injection of 20 million pounds to keep the pits running. Calendar has been told by a source close to the talks that any hopes of long-term survival are 'pie in the sky'.

David Hirst reports:

Minister asks what miners will do to save jobs say NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have confirmed fears that, according to them, the Energy Minister Michael Fallon asked 'What are the men prepared to do to save their jobs?'

Michael Fallon, Energy Minister
Michael Fallon, Energy Minister Credit: Press Association

NUM leader Chris Kitchen says they told the government they would consider all options, but any ideas must be put to a ballot of the workers. At the moment, the NUM says they have received no specific proposals from the government, such as pay cuts or longer hours.

They also say the miners have already made concessions by agreeing to work their notice periods rather than being sent on 'gardening leave during this period', which is what usually happens.

Funding Kellingley beyond 2015 is 'Pie in the Sky'

ITV's Political Correspondent Paul Brand has sent this update from Westminster where MPs are discussing the future of the UK's mining industry:

"I understand from a source at the centre of negotiations over the potential closure of Kellingley and Thoresby pits that government funding to keep either open beyond 2015 is 'pie in the sky'.

"I'm told that the only realistic deal is a mixture of private and public funding to maintain the pits for the next eighteen months, when there is a possibility that coal prices may rise again and the pits could become profitable.

"Contrary to claims that the sticking point over that deal is the European Commission's rules over whether or not the government can fund the coal pits, I'm told that the real nub of the negotiations is over getting some concessions from the unions.

"I'm told that in return for public and private funding, the government and UK Coal want the workers to contribute something in return, which could be longer hours or lower wages."

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